Reds look at Fabio
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool are looking at Valencia's Brazilian defender Fabio Aurelio.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is looking to his former club Valencia for new faces with Brazilian defender Fabio Aurelio his target.
The South American's current contract at The Mestalla expires at the end of June and he is now able to discuss a move away from the club.
Valencia chiefs will hold last-ditch talks with Aurelio next week aimed at tying him to a new deal, but they have so far refused to meet his wage demands.
Reds boss Benitez is keen to build on his squad during the transfer window, and the 26-year-old could be the next on his list.
The Brazilian, who operates at left back or in midfield, is also being looked at by Real Madrid and Barcelona but he has fond memories of Benitez from his days in charge at Valencia.
Benitez has already bolstered his defence by signing Jan Kromkamp, and Danish centre half Daniel Agger is also expected to arrive at Anfield.
Benitez still wants more options down the left, especially with Chilean winger Mark Gonzalez's work permit problems, and Aurelio would prove tough competition for John Arne Riise and Harry Kewell.
Any move for Aurelio could prove to be the end for Djimi Traore, however, with the Frenchman probably being surplus to requirements with Stephen Warnock also able to play at left back.